Listening to my favorite sports-talk radio show as I mark the unending stream of finals and term papers. A caller made a great point. When was the last time a ref called traveling or palming the ball in an NBA game? Okay, it was Earl the Pearl who made palming acceptable and that was a long time ago (mid-70s), but if you watch Jerry West or Oscar Robertson (on youtube) you won’t see them turning the ball over. You won’t see Julius Erving or Connie Hawkins taking six steps on the way to the basket. In today’s NBA that seems to happen a lot. Compare the Lakers v Celtics games in the 80s to the present series and you’ll notice a lot of other differences (beside the bad 80s uniforms).
Cranky nostalgia for by-gone days? Sure it is.